What Is the Purpose of Catholics Keeping Holy Pictures in Their Homes?


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Images have played a large role in Catholicism beginning with the first commandment, which forbids likenesses of any thing that is in heaven. However, Catholics tend to interpret this commandment loosely and see the worship of images, or cultus sacrarum imaginum, as an expression of honor, adoration and reverence.

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Nicaea II and the Council of Trent both underline that images of the Virgin Mary, Christ and other Saints ought to be displayed especially around churches and holy places so that they may be given the reverence and adoration due them. Most importantly, when a Catholic keeps any of these images in their home, they worship the image not as a false relic, but only insofar as the image bestows honor directly upon Christ, God and the holy figures themselves.

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